Something New: Tales From a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley
Review by Lauren
source: copy for review; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: A funny and whip-smart new book about the institution of marriage in America told through the lens of her recent engagement and wedding…. The graphic novel tackles the all-too-common wedding issues that go along with being a modern woman: feminism, expectations, getting knocked over the head with gender stereotypes, family drama, and overall wedding chaos and confusion.
Review: One of my most favorite comic artists is Lucy Knisley. I'm pretty sure I've read all but one book by Lucy. She creates comics/graphic novels about her life, particularly about her travels. However, Something New is about an adventure much different. This time, Lucy is chronicling her story of getting engaged and getting married. Lucy never really thought about marriage much before her boyfriend John proposed. She knew she wanted to be a mom, but that didn't mean she had to get married. John, on the other hand, really wanted to and she soon realized that so much about a wedding is exciting and wonderful. Despite this, Something New is happy to note all the rough patches that a couple goes through when dealing with a wedding. You have family weighing in about this and that, and it's not always easy to step back and think about what you want and not just want tradition tells you to do.
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Finally, what I really liked about this book was that it's long - about 300 pages- and in full color. Some of Lucy's books in the past have been shorter or didn't include color (French Milk), so it was nice to have this one. It meant I could dive into Lucy's world for much longer, and I really appreciated that! Now that Lucy is married, I could see a baby in her and John's future, so hopefully she'll create a book based on that! I want to read more and more about Lucy (and John's) life.